Jaap Kool (1891-1959)

Jaap Kool has studied in Berlin (with Wilhelm Klatte, Alexander von Fielitz and Herbert Windt), and at the Schola Cantorum in Paris. From 1923 till 1925 he worked as a conductor for the Vox record company in Berlin. In the 1920s he gained fame with a ‘Arbeiter-Symphonie’ (1924), incidental music, operettas, popular dance music and dance pantomimes such as ‘Die Elixiere des Teufels’ (1925) and ‘Der Leierkasten’ (1925); in some of these he collaborated with dancer-actresses Grit Hegesa and Anita Berber. The ballet ‘Niederländische Ständetänze’ (1937) was inspired by paintings by Pieter Breughel.

In 1942 he was put at the head of the ‘Nederlandsche Kameropera’, financed by the ‘Nederlandsch-Duitsche Kultuurgemeenschap’ (which promoted Dutch-German collaboration).

His handbook ‘Das Saxophon’ was published in 1931.

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